Cooperative Doctoral Program in Pharmacy - The University of Texas-Pan American & University of Texas-Austin

Developed in 2001, The UTPA/UT- Austin Cooperative Doctoral Program in Pharmacy (CDPP) encourages students from the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo regions of South Texas to pursue pharmacy as a career, and provides recruitment, training and retention of proficient pharmacists that understand the language and culture of the largely Hispanic South Texas community.

The goals of the CDPP include the following: (1) address the pharmaceutical care needs of the underserved in the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo Regions; (2) nurture student interest in pharmacy as a professional career; (3) enhance the accessibility of a pharmacy education to students residing in the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo regions; (4) alleviate the shortage of pharmacists in the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo regions; (5) diversify the profession by educating more pharmacists who are sensitive to the unique needs of the region; and (6) research border health issues.

Since 2001, the CDPP has graduated 68 PharmD trained pharmacists (first complete graduating class in 2007). Almost 81% of alumni have stayed to work in this area. For the past two years, 100% of students achieved success at their first attempt for Board licensure exams.